Virginia state legislators intend to bring to the Senate in January 2020 a bill that seeks to prohibit firearms training, and categorize it as an “illegal paramilitary activity.” Critics of the proposal said it violates the Constitution and prevents authorized citizens from obtaining proper training in the use of weapons.
Under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, every citizen is authorized to possess or carry a weapon, and the state must not intervene in the purchase and sale [of weapons]. The text is intended to enable armed forces personnel and those who have undergone proper training to exercise their individual right to defense.
However, according to an article on the Law Enforcement Today website, bill No. 64, or SB64, promoted by the Virginia General Assembly, which has a Democratic Party majority, qualifies firearms training as an “illegal paramilitary” activity.
A citizen will be penalized under a class 5 felony charge if he:
- Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder.
- Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or
- Assembles with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm, any explosive or incendiary device, or any components or combination thereof.
Gregory Hoyt gave his point of view on this in the specialized portal Law Enforcement Today.
He points out that what is really being encouraged is the violation of people’s right to possess a weapon for their own protection or for their proper use, such as for sport or training. That is to say, those inhabitants who passed through the due control required by the Constitution will not be able to receive professional training on the right use of a weapon.
On the other hand, he points out that the No. 2 and No. 3 items are aimed at preventing employees of security or any armed force from carrying a weapon because legislators speculate inciting “civil disorder.” This means that in the event of an incident or attack in the public or private sector, agents will not be prepared to intervene or act if the situation so requires, said Hoyt.
Indeed, Virginia Democrats are unaware that Trump’s administration is already carrying out legal actions that promote rigorous control over the purchase and sale of weapons, strictly aimed at corroborating whether the buyer has a record, according to The Guardian.